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Happy, secure, wanted: the Livability effect

December 10 2021

 width=Have you thought about giving to charity for Do Good December? David and Julia did just that when David’s son Andrew attended a Livability residential school. They tell us why they chose Livability.

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Tell us about Andrew…

Andrew was deprived of oxygen at birth, leading to cerebral palsy, and the doctors weren’t sure he would make it. Andrew never felt sorry for himself – he had a real zest for life and a cheeky personality. He was included in everything we did: trips to the races, looking at cars, going to the pub.

When Andrew’s mother passed away, I realised Andrew and I were going to need help. There was only me, and I needed to work. Our social worker signposted us to a Livability residential special school in Wiltshire.

We quickly realised that Andrew was in safe hands. The school’s staff were so in tune with the young people – everyone was included and treated with respect and dignity. Andrew was happy and thriving and enjoyed wonderful adventures, like school trips to France.

I wanted to help these adventures continue and I was able to financially support a new minibus. I also kickstarted the school’s respite programme so that other young people could have the same experience as Andrew, even if only for a short time.

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You’ve both remained passionate Livability supporters – why?

The staff are just incredible. That same caring ethic that Andrew experienced has never gone away. It takes a special kind of person to get caring right – something we’ve seen time and again when we visit Livability.

 

*Livability was created in 2007 by a merger between The Shaftesbury Society and John Grooms. Livability now runs Victoria School and FE centre Nash College.

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